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Pieters and Detry win World Cup of Golf for Belgium



Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters of Belgium pose with the World Cup trophy

Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters of Belgium pose with the World Cup trophy

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Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters of Belgium pose with the World Cup trophy

Belgium's Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry held off a late run from the Australian team on home turf to win the World Cup of Golf.

The Belgian pair started the day with a five-shot lead at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne and carded a four-under round of 68 to secure the title.

It was a rare uneven round from the pair who were three under at the turn but dropped three shots on the back nine to finish 23 under for the tournament.

The Australian pairing of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman had a clean final round and rose three places up the leaderboard with a 65, but their second-day 76 meant the pair could only tie for second on 20 under.

They were joined by Mexico's Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz who went round in six under yesterday.

Reigning champions Denmark, represented by Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen, rose seven places with a 65 and were tied for fourth on 17 under alongside Canada.

England duo Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter finished eighth on 15 under after a 70 yesterday, three shots ahead of Irish pair Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne on 12 under, while Scotland's Russell Knox and Martin Laird went round in 73 to finish tied 14th.

Aaron Rai held off a final-day charge from fellow Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick to win his maiden European Tour title at the Hong Kong Open.

Rai saw his six-shot overnight lead whittled down to one and did just enough to secure a one-stroke victory at Hong Kong Golf Club. Rai, who never surrendered the lead, bogeyed the last for a closing 67 to finish on 17 under. Fitzpatrick's brilliant 64 saw him take second on 16 under.

Scotland's Catriona Matthew finished third in the Andalucia Open de Espana after being unable to reel in winner Anne Van Dam. The 2019 Solheim Cup captain, along with the Dutch winner and Spain's Azahara Munoz had to play 25 holes on the final day after returning early in the morning to complete their third rounds.

Belfast Telegraph